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A summit-party jacket with dinner-party style.

The Arc’teryx Covert Cardigan Full-Zip Sweater keeps you warm by itself on chilly days and can be used as a mid-layer when the mercury really takes a dive. This highly breathable fleece sweater sports more sophisticated styling than your average fleece or sweatshirt, so it can be worn anytime.
  • No-lift gusseted underarms prevent the sweater from riding up when you lift your arms
  • Full front zip makes it easy to get in and out of
  • Two hand pockets keep your hands warm, laminated sleeve pocket keeps your ID safe
  • Soft Polartec hood keeps your ears and head warm when the temperature falls

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5 5

Great all-around fleece

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I have used this to layer under a waterproof shell for skiing and it works great, not as bulky as some other fleece layers I own. When the temperatures warm up, this is a great light jacket to wear on brisk mornings. The hood comes in handy when wearing this jacket on its own. As with most arc'teryx gear I found this jacket fits a little tighter to the body so I sized up. I am 6'0 205lbs and the XL was the fit for me.

4 5

Great product

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Love this hoody along with all Arc'terxyx products. It is extremely warm and comfy.

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side note. ups lost my original order which was a sale item. Backcountry was very good to me and sent me a new one of a different color, which wasn't on sale and it arrived in 2 days, all for free.

4 5

Good layering piece

I like the Covert. Been carrying one around for a cozy fleece for a few years now, since 2007. It is warm, but not at all wind proof. Best used under another layer, for that reason I think there are better aAcr'teryx fleeces out there. Put your $200 towards a Hyllus or a Gamma MX that will be much more versatile.

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Useful review, but you are comparing it to softshells. Fleeces are generally not windproof in order to provide maximum breathability. The Hyllus and Gammas are softshells that don't breathe as well. Have you found fleeces that breathe while being windproof?

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Hey Jacko, you are spot on in bringing to relevance the difference between a Fleece jacket and a Softshell jacket. My point wasn't that those other pieces (Hyllus and the Gamma MX) are similar to the fleece, but that they offer much more than a simple fleece layer and the steep price tag of a simple Arc'teryx fleece would be better spent on a piece that would provide more weather protection and versatility.

3 5

Large is too short for me

I am 6'0 /180lbs athletic/runner build, the Covert is too short for me. The sleeves are about 1 to 1 1/2 inches too short and the waist falls right at the the belt line....dont raise your arms. If this item were to shrink in the wash, it would be unwearable.

Based on the measurements of the XL it is going to be very large in the body for me.

I have an Arc'teryx Gamma jacket in large and it fits perfectly. The Covert apparently is not cut to the same sizes as their jackets.

5 5

Great Top

Just thick enough for this time of the year! It is a great weight for everything and it breaths very nicely. It is a slim fit but I am a big fan of the cut, I am athletic build and it works for me. I have also dried it on occation when my wife does the laundry and it didn't shrink! :)

2 5

Not on Par

Have had this hoody for just over a year, so I feel like i have experience to review on durability. It's really not that great... The sleeves are pilling horribly; the stitching is also coming loose on the bottom of the sleeves. If you want to wear a technical brand for sitting on the couch and looking cool walking around town: go for it. Anything else: save 200 bucks.

2 5

thin and thinner

Super thin , compared to other fleece's around this price. HUGE HUGE fan of Arc'teryx, but they need to describe this a little better, so you don't feel ripped off when you get it home. Bought the Fugitive hoody also, thicker and warmer for cheaper.. Not really sure why this one is so pricey !!!

5 5

typical Arcteryx: superb,dependable quality

I used to think that Arcteryx was "unjustifiably overpriced". Then I began to test gear as a hobby- mainly as an offshoot of my hobby,earth science, with a specialization in catastrophic geology.Now I have pro deals with most of the major manufacturers, so I'm exposed to a LOT of gear....I soon realized that Arcteryx is SERIOUS gear- the kind you can trust your life to in a serious (survival) situation, or miles from nowhere when things go inexplicably wrong. I have several pieces of Arcteryx-including this one, a Dually parks, a Fission-SV parka, etc., as well as lots of other gear. Too much, in fact. This piece is like every other Arcteryx I own: superb fit and finish,no-compromise materials,and incredibly well thought out. (I have come to believe that people who design and sell gear should have to use it :))YES,ARCTERYX IS EXPENSIVE....sure, if you have lots of disposable income, you can buy it just to "wear around", or to be seen sporting the cute little Archaeopteryx logo LOL.. It's all good. But the bottom line is that it's a piece of gear you can stake your life on. If you're a serious backcountry traveler (or a soldier, or an SAR worker, or a scientist on expedition) who needs to depend on their gear when the chips are down, Arcteryx is worth what you pay for it. Just my two cents.

5 5

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I use this ArcTyex Covert Hooded Fleece every day. The temps in Durango,Co, this past few months have been from 10-40 degrees. If the wind isnt blowing & you are shoveling snow its perfect. if it's snowing or windy, just add a shell. I use it with a ArcTyrex Sidewinder SV & have no problems with overheating or sweating. I am 6'- 190 & ALL the large ArcTyrex fit the same. Extreme High quality, durable finish.

4 5

It's Alright

I got this on sale for about 2/3rds off -- would never pay full price for this piece. 6'4", 200 lbs, XL fits very nice -- good sleeve length and a little bit fitted in the body.
Not a technical piece at all, it has a very loose knit to it. If you hold it up, you can see light through weave, so it is not windproof in the least.
I wouldn't bother taking it out in the backwoods; it is just not technical enough to fill any niche. I would choose a patagonia R2 or something similar to at least get some wind/water resistance. The covert would just be added weight. I use this more for just kicking around town or the house on cool, windless days.
I guess if you gotta have the name and can get one on sale, great....but I wouldn't expect the covert to do too much.

4 5

Great Comfy Hoodie, find it on sale at Steep and Cheep

This hoodie is great although it's price tag might be a little steep I found it for like 65% off on S&C. I am a big guy and it fits well and is not overly tight like some Arc'teryx stuff can be, very comfy and looks kinda dressy as well.

5 5

I'm glad I found it

I've had a chance to use it and I'm completly satisfied with the fit and looks. The sizing is dead on. If your looking for a base or just going out you won't do wrong with this one.

3 5

Nice, but..

This a nice shirt with a great feel, but too pricy for what it does or is supposed to do, which is to act as mid-layer. However using it as midlayer gets you in battle with the hood! It looks great for casual wear, but if you intend to use it under a shell etc. get the one with out a hood, or spend you dough on a sweater meant for casual wearing or with a hood designed to layer..! You can get both for the price of this one..

5 5

Luxurious Sweater

Great casual sweater for cool weather! Super soft outer feel. Usual Arcteryz quality and finish. Not wind or water proof, but a great mid-layer!

3 5

Good hoody for the right price

This is a high quality, comfortable, hoody for casual wear. Good for Fall & Spring weather as a casual sweater around town. I'm 6'4" and 185 Ibs with an athletic build and a large fits me pretty well. I wish my sleeves were about an inch longer but they're not bad. When I first got this hoody I was a bit disappointed. It's quite thin and seemed like a regular cotton hoody but with a better look and fit. After wearing it for a few days in SLC's January weather I began to notice how warm it really was. It offers little wind protection and minimal protection from precipitation but is about 2 to 3 times as warm as a cotton hoody. The two front pocket are nice and decently insulated. The arm pocket is so small it can't even hold my IPhone but it does look cool. I also wore this as a layer above a Smartwool Micro weight base layer and below my Marmot Exum hard shell in the Wasatch Mountains on a partly cloudy day with temps in the 20's and I was fairly comfortable as long as I kept moving. Lastly, the $200 price tag is way too much. I paid $120 for mine and I think it was a little too steep. A reasonable price is between $70-$100. If you get it for that much you'll be happy.

3 5

i am not rich

Straight up, this is a warm hoodie. beats the pants off of cotton or polyester. THAT BEING SAID!!!! i would not pay full price for this, and i did not. if you want a warm hoodie for the same price, go with merino wool, or a yummy fleece. when i think that this jacket is a comparable price to the Ibex softshell or the Colombia R2 series, i cry a little on the inside. if you have the kind of money to spend this on a hoody, spend it on a Westcomb arcane softshell, or a better fabric hoody. Polartec is not a new material, and better ones exist. if you can get this hoody for cheap, however, do it. its the best casual hoody ive ever had, but casual hoodies shouldent hit above the 60 dollar range to begin with.

Just wondering why a lot of people are...

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Just wondering why a lot of people are giving this a horrible review! The jacket is not windproof! it says so on the tech sheet. Not to mention is is Polartec Thermal, not Windpro or Powershield. Get your facts straight people. Also it says it is a sweater knit, as in cotton sweater (aka loose) knit that is never a tight weave and therefore could never be windproof or even provide any wind protection. This is a great hoody, i have one and love it. I use it as a midlayer, like Backcountry recommends!

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Why? Some people don't take the time to study everything they are buying. They should, but they don't.

4 5

Fleece Sweater

This is really not an outwear piece - but is great for lounging around in the winter. Don't expect it to protect you from the wind. Go with the Gamma softshell if you really want a technical outwear jacket.

5 5

any where any place

this ROCKS, i have used it in the snow and on the street. the is one of the most versatile jackets i own. totally love it!

I'm 5'9" and 145 lbs: my Arc'teryx Dually...

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I'm 5'9" and 145 lbs: my Arc'teryx Dually Belay Parka is a medium and just a tiny bit large.Hoping the medium is the right size for this hoody.Anybody of similar size happy with a medium?Thanks

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The dually is oversized because it's a belay Jacket. The medium in the Covert will fit you just right

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My answer is 2.5 years too late for the original questioner, but if it helps someone else, I'm 5-10, less than 140, and I think the small fits very well through the body but the sleeves seem long. As for the rest, it's soft and comfortable, looks sharp, cuts the chill, and the hood fits well. It's overpriced, but worth it on sale because you might find yourself using it all the time.